by Donna Martinez
Former Senior Writer and Editor, John Locke Foundation
State legislators are rightly concerned about how kids are faring in a virtual learning environment. Some may have adapted well, but others are being left behind. We can’t have that. But there’s a better way to help struggling kids than six weeks of summer school, according to Locke’s Bob Luebke.
While legislators deserve credit for attempting to tackle this problem, HB 82’s proposal is incomplete and leaves many questions unanswered. For instance: how would it be possible to recover that much learning loss in just six weeks of summer school?
HB 82 would also provide high school students “access to modules and teacher support for credit recovery courses necessary to meet graduation requirements.” This provision is especially problematic as a way to make up for learning loss. North Carolina’s history of credit recovery is littered with horror stories of struggling students using credit recovery programs to bypass normal graduation requirements.
An education savings account could be just what the doctor ordered, as Bob explains in a chat with Locke’s Mitch Kokai.